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Drink the Wild Air

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

The Drink the Wild Air winter youth writing retreat  is a great time to reconnect with the WordsWorth community, make new friends, and, most importantly, write! Time will be spent outdoors!

Can’t wait for Drink the Wild Air or are looking for a longer program? Check out Circuit Tree: Rebooted and WordsWorth!

Drink the Wild Air 2024

We are sad to announce that Drink the Wild Air is cancelled this year. Stay tuned for other upcoming youth writing programs.

While we wait within our homes
And wintry winds blow through slumbering groves
There is a place both fresh and rare
A place called Drink the Wild Air
Where friends can come and share their words
And minds and hearts, their voices heard
Though we might not be in person
We’ll have a blast, that much is certain!

Drink the Wild Air is a Creative Writing Retreat for Youth ages 11 – 19. Typically nestled in the gateway to the rocky mountains in Kananaskis country, this year we will once again come together online to take workshops with working professionals, play games, share our stories, our songs, our poems, and our art. Join us on March 15th for orientation, and on March 16th and 17th for a weekend of creative razzmatazz, hijinks, capers, and general hullabaloo.

About Drink the Wild Air

Because we can’t offer WordsWorth all year long, there’s Drink the Wild Air.
Drink the Wild Air is a whirlwind weekend of creativity unleashed. From walks through the snow-covered forest and fireside readings in cozy cabins to inspiring sessions from professional writers, Drink the Wild Air offers an experience like no other to a community of budding creatives that is sure to be a breath of fresh air as winter draws to a close. Join us on our adventure, and see why a taste of wild air keeps people coming back for more!

But, don’t just take our word for it on how amazing the camps are. Here are some comments from past participants:

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before Feb. 29, 2024100% of the registration fees refunded
March 1 – March 8, 202450% of the registration fees refunded
After March 8, 2024No refund


You can download our Youth Programming FAQ here. 

The 2024 Team

Colin Matty

Camp Director

Our Thanks!

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Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Canadian Council for the Arts
Calgary Arts Development
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